My dear readers…..I was all set to go all traditional with my Thanksgiving tablescape for this year.
Remember when I did this tablescape?
And this one.…
Or maybe you remember this tablescape.
Yep! all pretty traditional.
And then, I sat down with a cuppa tea and had a meeting with my traditional dishes, you know the Spode brown transferware with the painted turkey in the center.
It wasn’t easy.
The white turkey kept interrupting my thought process by sitting so close to the edge of the shelf in my dish pantry that he kept distracting me.
I talked a blue streak trying to convince them and me that it was time for a change.
Then I showed the straw turkey up close and personal to the white turkey.
“Isn’t he pretty?” I cooed.
No answer was heard.
I’ll try another approach.
“Look! change can be good,” I said to myself.
Well, OK then.
The decision has been made. The Straw Turkey would take center stage.
The next step after convincing myself that a change was in the air, was in the choosing of a tablecloth.
I decided on a burnished gold tablecloth that I have had for years.
Next came the centerpiece…the object of much thought as this was not just any turkey, it was made of straw.
Knowing there would be candles around the table….I pursed my lips, the frown deepening on my brow.
Nope! The decision had been made and I knew I could use flameless candles, but I was also determined to use the real birchwood candles.
There was one more thing…….
The snood and wattle, (the cap and the flap under the chin) of the turkey was made of red thread and looked to be a bit unraveled.
Are you confused?
…then here is a bit of turkey 101.
I have raised turkeys when living on a farm in Kansas and ranch in New Mexico and many of their wattles looked a bit dis-sheveled. That is natural.
You may not know this but when a male turkey gets upset or when he is courting…the wattle turns a bright red….and the snood can turn either red or blue.
My Tom turkeys were docile….for me! However children and grandchildren had other experiences, such as being chased around the barn yard.
Another story for another time.
As for the straw turkey, I left his snood and wattle as is.
The next thing I did was place more straw and pumpkins around the turkey centerpiece.
The birch-look-a-like candles add to the rustic look of the tablescape.
I found the leaf placemats at Pier 1 this year and the flatware came from Home Goods last year.
I decided not to use the napkins that matched the tablecloth, going instead for the colorful leaf napkins that I secured with pumpkin napkin rings from Pier 1.
For the plates I started with white chargers followed by white dinner plates.
I topped the dinner plates with the sweetest salad plates with thankful phrases in a script.
The water glasses and wine glasses are a dollar store find from a couple years ago.
The copper mules or tankards just seem to fit as the writing on the plates is sort of coppery.
Finally, I added two pilgrims that I found at Hobby Lobby along with a native Indian. The salt and pepper shakers came from Cracker Barrel.
I stood back and looked at my creation on my dining room table and said…. it is good.
Now it is time to light the candles, and let there be light.
To give all the fire & straw a test run so to speak.
And everything worked together just fine. For now anyway.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”. I Thessalonians 5:18
I want to thank Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate for organizing and getting all the admin stuff going on with the Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop and for all the wonderful tablescapes from all the different bloggers around the world.
Thanks again Chloe…you are the greatest.